First, a list of many healthy foods (names vary in different continents!)

FoodsToEatForAHealthyBrain

 

 GrandPa Collin’s Smoothie

This was developed to ensure that the main areas of nutrition are covered and occasionally additional ingredients are added (e.g. zinc, iodine drops if you need those supplements). Composition can vary according to availability.

Ingredients:

75ml filtered water (GrandPa pre-soaks a few Goji berries and couple of strips of mango in the water)blueberry-smoothie
6 drops natural vanilla
4 dessertspoons coconut milk – (he uses the Trade Aid brand)
1 rounded teaspoon Food Matters or other brand of Greens (powdered greens from a health food store)
¼ teaspoon Stevia powder (sweetener)
4 rounded dessertspoons yoghurt ( from raw milk if you can find it )
½ banana
¼ teaspoon miso – aged in wood is best – barley or light miso
¼ avocado – less water if no avocado
⅓ – ½ cup blueberries – Grandpa Colin uses frozen right out of freezer
50mls Kombucha tea
1 heaped teaspoon raw cacao powder (I used carob)

Blend (I used a stick blender)

Then add one raw egg  and blend for few seconds more

This makes enough for two meals, or one shared by two people. GrandPa says to ensure the most benefit, eat the smoothie slowly, almost chewing it.

And how about this healthy meal outline from the same Brain Tuner:

I have one loaf of 9 grain bread leavened with honey per week and that’s it for processed food.

Breakfast  – a whole orange or peach with a whole apple and a big lump of cheese along with 1 slice of toast with peanut butter, sauerkraut and sliced tomato – lasts until lunch no problem.

Lunch any and many veges with steak or fish or chicken

Evening high nutrition smoothie and a slice of toast with peanut butter and sauerkraut.

And that’s it for 12 hours.
Done! no sugar.  Workers can swap meals around to suit.

GrandPa Collin has set off our Brain Food recipes in great style!


 

And here are two more to try ….

Brain Power Salad (with salmon, avocado and blueberries)

8 ounces smoked salmon, roughly choppedBrain-Power-Salad
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
4 cups baby spinach (or mixed greens)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup light feta or blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
Honey Chia or Flax Seed Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Toss first 7 ingredients together until combined.
Drizzle or toss with vinaigrette. Serves 2.


Honey, Chia Seed Vinaigrette

1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and emulsified.


Quick Banana Pancakes banana-pancakes

1  banana
2 eggs

To taste, add in a scoop of protein, cinnamon and almond essence – or with lemon juice and powdered diet sugar

Whip them up, use a non stick or cast iron pan set to medium, sprayed with oil then cook silver dollar size pancakes for 30 seconds on each side.

And you have pancakes! Amazing and really nice.


Wanting to bake?

These sweet treats feature a combination of brain foods: chocolate, banana, flax, and walnuts. And you may want to add your own brain-healthy ingredients, too.  Make sure the bananas are really ripe; this adds a natural sweetness and gives them a smooth, chewy texture.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesBanana-Walnut-Chocolate-Chip

Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (see note below)
  • 1/4 cup soy milk (can substitute regular milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Don’t have Agave Nectar? Here are some tips about replacements.

Honey: Replace with equal amounts.
Maple Syrup: Replace with equal amounts.
Corn Syrup: Use 1/2 cup and a little less milk
Brown Sugar: Use 1/3 cup and one Tbsp more milk

Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until batter is blended evenly.
  3. Use a tablespoon to portion cookies on a greased baking sheet, approximately 1-2 inches apart.
  4. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.

 

 

Now what is YOUR favourite?

Please add recipes in the comments box or email to gillian@brainfit.world (with a picture if you have it?)